What is Switchel? Switchel is a naturally fermented electrolyte drink that combines the benefits of apple cider vinegar, molasses, ginger and lemon. Switchel is not only hydrating, but also energizing. Think of it as Nature’s Gatorade. Switchel gives an electrolyte boost and is immune-enhancing. Switchel tastes great and is totally refreshing.
Switchel dates back to the early American settlers. This vinegar and ginger drink became known as haymaker's punch in the 19th century, when it was served to quench farmers' thirst during the hay harvest. They drank Switchel on Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie – I love that show!
As most of us are moving away from chemically energy drinks, corn syrups, sugar, and dyes… we still crave something tart and sweet at the same time – we want to be refreshed, but would prefer to be fueled with a natural beverage… Switchel does the trick and is simple to prepare and is artisanaly chic.
Apple cider vinegar is PH balancing for the bod… you don’t even know it, but you are rejuvenating as you quench. Ginger is crisp and refreshing and aids in digestion while it gives your metabolism a little boost. I love the tang of the added lemon and the sweet earthiness of the molasses rounds it off. My family is hooked on seltzer. Our soda stream gets a daily workout… We like this bev carbonated – but you can totally sub water for seltzer.
Switchel is so refreshing and delicious! It tastes pleasantly tart and—surprisingly not too sweet. Try it over ice, or even as a mixer with vodka, gin, or rum. Yum!
Switchel Pitcher Recipe
- 4 tablespoons unfiltered apple cider vinegar
- 4 tablespoons blackstrap molasses
- 4 teaspoons of grated fresh ginger
- Lemon - juice and zest
- Seltzer water to fill the pitcher
- Mint (garnish)
- Mix all ingredients in the bottom of your pitcher.
- Serve Switchel over ice
- Garnish individual glasses with fresh mint & lemon
There are several subs on this recipe… check your pantry! For the sweet component you can use maple syrup or honey instead of molasses. Lime instead of lemon and as mentioned water instead of seltzer. Play with it! The easy thing about this pitcher recipe is that precision isn’t necessary. I love that our family Switchel is replacing the old can of concentrated pink lemonade that I used to buy which is filled with corn syrup, loads or sugars and dyes. Switch to Switchel.